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Feb 23, 2013 11:00am EST
know how critical jobs and employment are to our constituents and to the economies of our states. and when barriers present a significant segment of our population from participating in the workforce, talent is being wasted and our economic competitiveness suffers. and for individuals with disabilities, employment outcomes have not improved since 1990. during the recent recession, employment realities for people with disabilities got even worse. workers with disabilities left the workforce as five times the average rate. the median income for these workers is less than two thirds the median wages for other workers. so that is why i chose this initiative, building a better bottom line, employing people with disabilities. we can do better and we must do better. an estimated 55 million americans -- one in five -- has a disability. it's the largest minority population in our country and disability crosses every demographic and it's the one minority population that any one of us could fall into on any day. anybody who can work and wants to work should have the opportunity to do so. ad
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